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TCU linebacker Paul Dawson goes to Bengals on final pick of third round

TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Paul Dawson was the final player drafted in Friday’s third round, going to the Cincinnati Bengals.
TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Paul Dawson was the final player drafted in Friday’s third round, going to the Cincinnati Bengals. Star-Telegram

Mario Edwards Jr. didn’t have a long wait Friday night. Paul Dawson waited all night. Bryce Petty continues his wait.

Edwards celebrated with 20-plus friends and family in Ocean Springs, Miss., when he was going to Oakland as the 35th overall pick. Only two players – Alabama safety Landon Collins and Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith – went ahead of him Friday.

“My whole house shook when they called my name on TV,” Edwards told Oakland writers. “We were definitely excited.”

Dawson went 64 picks later, the final choice of the night. He landed with the Cincinnati Bengals, joining former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.

The linebacker had expected to go higher after making 136 tackles, 20 for loss, with six sacks, four interceptions, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. But a subpar showing at the Scouting Combine pushed his stock down.

Dawson watched 10 linebackers drafted before him Friday, but the Bengals finally ended his wait at 10:15 p.m., 4 hours, 10 minutes into Day 2. He was the 99th overall pick.

“I’m the most productive linebacker in this draft,” Dawson told Cincinnati reporters. “Numbers don’t lie.”

Edwards Jr., whose father, Mario, played for the Cowboys, had little contact with the Oakland Raiders before the draft. He first talked to them Thursday, his initial indication they might draft him early in the second round. Another conversation Friday morning confirmed their interest.

“My agent called me 4 or 5 minutes before they were on the clock and let me know I was moving out west,” the Denton Ryan product said.

The Raiders, though, had all the information they needed on Edwards. Their linebackers coach, Sal Sunseri, was Edwards’ position coach at Florida State the past two years.

“My two years when he was there were great,” Edwards said. “I learned so much from him, and we developed a great relationship and now to go back and play under him again is definitely an honor.”

Edwards was the first of eight Texans selected in rounds two and three, only three from Texas colleges. In the first round Thursday, Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown were the only selections from the state.

Texas connection

Utah cornerback Eric Rowe, a Klein product, went 47th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly moved up five spots, engineering a trade with the Miami Dolphins, to get Rowe. Some projected Rowe as a first-round choice.

Missouri center Mitch Morse, who played at Austin St. Michael’s Academy, was selected with the No. 49 overall choice by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texas State cornerback Craig Mager became the first player from a Texas college selected Friday, going to the San Diego Chargers at No. 83 overall. The Eagles followed with the next choice, taking Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks.

LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter, a Katy Morton Ranch product, went to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 88 overall, and the Green Bay Packers drafted Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery, a Dallas St. Mark’s product, at No. 94.

Petty, a Midlothian and Baylor product, watched two quarterbacks go ahead of him Friday. No quarterbacks were drafted in the second round after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went 1-2 on Thursday night.

Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson was the third quarterback selected, going to the New Orleans Saints at No. 75 overall. Another team that had interest in Petty, the St. Louis Rams, took Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion at No. 89 overall.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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